(Riverton, Wyo.) – The Riverton Alternative Program received a big ovation Tuesday night from the Fremont County District 25 Board of Trustees for winning the National Championship in the Great American Can Roundup. The RHS program was second in the country last year, and this year moved to the top of the heap by collecting nearly 7,000 pounds of aluminum cans.
The students also collected 1,600 pounds of steel cans, plastic and paper each week from around the school district buildings and about 800 to 1,000 pounds of cardboard each week during the school year.
Student Alex Jahnke read off of note cards as he described the program and its success.
“We’ve had this activity at the Alternative Program for the past 15 year,” said program administrator Dallas Myers. “But two years ago, instructors Pamela Pince and Cathy Matoon found out about this contest. The four students in the program picked up all of these recyclables from the community.”
Myers said the students won $1,000 in prize money for winning the Wyoming contest, and $5,000 for winning the national contest, which he said they plan to use to purchase more recycling containers and to take a trip to a zoo and water park in Utah this summer.
As a special treat for the students, last year’s national championship school, Valley Elementary west of Cody, sent the RHS students a packet of congratulatory cards, homemade of course, sending their kudos for a job well done.
To read the initial story on the National Champion recyclers, click here.